Take the “Jump off the Cliff” Challenge

Jump off the CliffI’ve been writing a lot about Living the Dream this month, but I haven’t said a lot about an essential part of Living Your Dream.

It’s called “jumping off the cliff.”

Making your dreams a reality requires “jumping off the cliff,” which means going for something even before you feel totally prepared or comfortable.

The best way to become a marathon runner is to begin walking, the best way to get a job is to begin drafting your resume, and the best way to become a speaker is to stand up and speak in front of an audience.

A couple of months ago, I witnessed a very exciting jump off the cliff moment.  My wife and business partner, Elle Zimmerman, has been building and developing my business for years, but at this point in our lives, it is her turn to work on building and developing her own brand.

Elle jumped off the cliff by challenging herself to do 50 speaking engagements in 50 weeks. She didn’t know who or where or what she’d speak on, but she set the bar high.

In October, I was honored to be the keynote speaker for an audience of 450 women from P&G, Johnson & Johnson, General Electric, and Duke Energy. I saw this as an amazing opportunity for Elle to start speaking, so when my name was announced at the conference, Elle came out on stage instead of me. She took 15 minutes of my keynote time to speak to the women, inspire them, and challenge them to support one another in the workplace.

She could have easily said, No, Curtis, I’m not ready for this. Speak in front of 450 Fortune 100 company employees? Are you kidding me?

But she didn’t. Elle saw an opportunity to advance toward her goal, and she took it.

Are you ready to jump off the cliff?

Today: Ask yourself: Is there something I keep thinking and talking about? What’s preventing me from doing it?

This week: Challenge yourself to DO something, even something small. For example, the best way to become someone who works out in the morning is to begin waking up five minutes earlier each day. Fill in the blanks with your own challenge: The best way to become a ___________  is to begin ___________. Make a commitment to begin, and do it!

This month: Write down three actionable steps you can take towards your goal throughout the month, even if they’re just ways to begin climbling to the cliff’s edge. Start with small steps, and congratulate yourself for every inch of progress. Remember: Only you can stop yourself from Living Your Dream, so do whatever you can to set the bar high and keep your Dream mandatory in your life.

It’s time to stop just watching the show, to get out of the wings, and to stand center stage.

 

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